Johnson Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

AUGUST 25, 2018 | AKA Wedding of the Century

Having been together over 6 years (yes, we said 6 years!), we KNOW that Amanda was eager to begin wedding planning after Justin proposed on their Caribbean cruise! To be honest, WE knew she had been planning since the day SHE knew he was the one (6 years ago) and that meant this wedding was going to be perfection. AND it was! Every single tiny detail was thought of, the color palette was on point, the emotion was truly overwhelming, Amanda was the most effortless classic bride we have ever seen and the FUN we had was irreplaceable. 

As stated above, every. single. detail was thought about + the color palette was on point. The neutrals and earthy tones (seen in the bridesmaids dresses and the greenery+ centerpieces and the stunning creamy drapery) with pops of mild floral print or gold/rose-gold was a perfect way to add a bit of a twist on a more simple palette.  The handwritten vows these two read to each other during their ceremony were heart felt and touching. Not a dry eye in the house. It was like the last 6 years they had literally been waiting to tell each other these words. As if that wasn't enough emotions for us all-Amanda chose to include 4 first looks into her big day; one with her father, one with her brothers, one with her bridesmaids AND one with her hubby-to-be. All were emotional as ever but just look at those bridesmaids reactions! These girls have been with Amanda through thick and thin and they could NOT contain their excitement for their great friend on her most special day.  After all the happy tears, the celebration began! Amanda changed into THE most stunningtwo-piece, cinched waste, flowy reception dress (can you say #receptiondressgoals?!) and started the party! To end the evening, Amanda,  a singer with huge talent surprised everyone when she grabbed the mic during the reception and sung Goodbye Earl by The Dixie Chicks to us all while we danced and cheered her on. It was way too much fun. Witness it for yourself! 

Venue | The Standard // Coordinator | Vera House Events  // Hair | Jessica Humphrey with Whitney Evans Beauty  // Makeup | Melissa Alley with Amanda Maddox Salon // Florist | Lisa Foster  // DJ | Jim Ogle //Video | Black Mountain Cinema // Dresses | White Lace & Promises // Catering | Dead End BBQ  // Cake | Henry's Bakery // Rentals | All Occasions



Lauren & Blake by Kendall Whiteley

You may have seen our behind-the-scenes video shot by Evergreen Film Co. Well, here are the images from that wonderful session! This is Lauren & Blake. Engaged and oh so in love.

The second we met Lauren & Blake, we clicked. They are the kind of couple that shares their love for each other with everyone around them. Aside from being THE most adorable and beautiful couple on the planet, they complement each other so perfectly. I mean, the way they just look at each other made our hearts melt! They share a love for adventure, fitness, laughter, fashion and traveling that only best friends could share. They have been together for 5 years and this July, Blake finally popped the most important question and Lauren (of course) said YES! We loved hearing about the many adventures they have been on + the ones they plan to go on in the future. Now the real adventure will begin!

For their engagement session, we chose to put together a fun picnic for them to enjoy. We may have drank too much champagne, ate too many goodies, laughed WAY too much and twirled/danced/ran until our bellies hurt but we enjoyed every minute getting to witness Lauren & Blake’s love for each other. We know they will have a lifetime of happiness and we cannot to witness more of their love.

Styling | Vera House Events & Design Co.
Venue | Smith Event Centers-Smithview Pavilion
Hair | Karlye Kalinowski
Makeup | Jessica Hyde
Wardrobe | Josie's Boutique
Rentals | Sisters' Vintage Rentals & All Occasions Party Rentals

Spicer Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

"She had that kind of laugh that made him want to tell jokes forever." Keisha & Brandon. Married. 

These two met near the end of 2014 and have been inseparable ever since. It's not everyday that you meet someone who shares so many of the same important characteristics with you. Both in the boating industry (both passionate boaters), both have a masters degree, and both have Australian Sheppards (obviously this is most important). Seriously, it was a no brainer. These two knew the connection was incredibly real and that fate was indeed calling when they were brought together.

Years down the road they got to celebrate that connection by becoming one! Their wedding was held at The Standard in Knoxville and it could not have been a better celebration for this fun loving couple! Keisha & Brandon both knew they couldn't get through the day without seeing each other (how sweet is that?!) so their first look was nothing short of emotional. Once they saw each other, you could feel the joy radiating from each of them. The laughter, the jokes, the twirling, the dancing, the running, yelling, teasing and the celebrating continued all night long like we've never seen before. Fate says that when you find the one that you want to spend the rest of your life with, you want the rest of your life to start right now. Keisha & Brandon's beautiful life started August 5, 2017 and we know that in the years to come they will be all smiles. 

VENUE | The Standard // COORDINATOR | Vera House Events & Design // MAKEUP | Jessica Hyde //  FLORIST | Motts Floral Design // DRESS | Davids Bridal // CATERING | Dead End BBQ // VIDEO | Rellek Films

Kalyn by Kendall Whiteley

Kalyn came to us for her senior portraits wanting something a little different yet fun + spunky. We knew then she would be a perfect client and we were right! Just look at this chick! 

Kalyn is a senior at Karns High School and is so eager to finish this year and start her journey! She has danced all of her life + has cheered for her high school for the past two years. Her poise and grace in front of the camera only confirmed that for us. She originally was super anxious to have her portraits taken (we assured her everyone feels that way at first!) but once we started, we SHINED! Her smile and laugh was so contagious while her natural beauty simply shined through. 

Kalyn chose the stunning Candoro Marble Works for her session because she absolutely adored the industrial landscape + the antique vibe inside of the building. Her style fit so perfectly with the unique look to this venue. We were surprised to learn that she did her own makeup because it looked SO professionally done! She is so talented! Kalyn plans to finish off her senior year, going with the flow, and taking life by the horns! We can not wait to see where life takes this gorgeous gal! <3

Mommy & Daughter by Kendall Whiteley

Summer ain't over y'all! This pool-side-popsicle session is proof of that! Our client AND beauty queen friend, Kayla is preggo with another BABY GIRL! What better to celebrate than with a mommy-daughter pool day before she makes her debut?!

As you guys know, the Courtney family has been apart of our lives since their first baby girl Willow was born. We have watched her grow, learn, and become the sweet + sassy 2 year old she is today with the influence from her amazing family. Although the Courtney family just knew they would have a boy, they were surprised to learn that Willow would become a big sister to a sister!! So that basically means these two will be best friend for life. Willow can teach her ALL the perks of being a sassy Courtney baby! She is already absolutely spoiled and loved + Willow calls her sweet Sissy Mae! (Her name will be Lily Mae, how cute is that?!)

Before Lily makes her appearance, Kayla wanted to enjoy her last summer being a mother to an only child. Willow is the one who first made Kayla a mother and these two share such a special bond that no one can break. These two wanted to celebrate that special bond with their favorite things; summer, POOLING, popsicle, bubbles, giggles and LOVE! We loved spending time watching this mommy-daughter duo creating memories that will last a lifetime all while Lily Mae got to go for a swim with them too. We can not wait to see this girl-crew grow!

FLOWER CROWNS | Winky Sugar // SWIM SUITS | Kortni Jeane

Amanda Johnson by Kendall Whiteley

Happy Saturday!! We can FINALLY (after struggling to contain our excitement for months) share Amanda's bridal session because this beauty-queen got married yesterday! 

Amanda came to us last year with desire for us to shoot her wedding and we immediately became excited because her style and aesthetic fit ours so well! When she told us she also desired to shoot a separate pre-wedding day bridal session, our hearts burst! Since she would be getting married at The Standard Knoxville, a downtown/industrial venue, she desired to showcase her love for all things natural and boho for her solo portraits. With hair in a loose updo, natural makeup + a simple flower crown, she become a stunning beauty+ an even more stunning bride. We think her vision + ours came to life perfectly! Just LOOK at how effortlessly stunning Amanda is!

HAIR | Jess Kilgore // MAKEUP | Whitney Evans / Dress | White Lace & Promises

We love shooting with our brides prior to their wedding day because it gives these beautiful women a chance to try out their desired wedding day look + try out being a bride for the day. During these sessions, the bride can see how her dress photographs, see how her dress + hair/makeup looks/feels, how comfortable (or uncomfortable!) her shoes feel, and most importantly-she will be one step closer to becoming a real bride! 

Samantha & Lucas by Kendall Whiteley

When the session feels likes you've been on a double date through the city, you know the clients were meant for you + YOU were meant for the clients! That's exactly how we felt during Sam & Lucas' engagement session--->

Aside from being so darn cute together (I mean come ON!), Sam & Lucas are incredibly kind, easy-going, hilarious, and they simply complete each other. Oh and they are obsessed with beer, Gay St and a good time aka: they are basically our client-soul mates. 

These two met through mutual friends at AGE 16! They became friends of friends of friends (you know the story) who would only occasionally chat. Well, fast forward to last year; Sam decided she wanted to make a move on her cute + incredible friend! Not only did it work out to be the best decision of her life but she also found herself a future husband. On May 19, Lucas got down on one knee and popped the question. Her answer was, of course, YES! We can't wait to be apart of their big day next May! 

PS. These two look so sincerely happy because:

  1. They are in love, duh
  2. The week before their session they closed on their dream home! EEEEEKKKKK!! ️️️

Payton by Kendall Whiteley

We met the Baker family last year and immediately fell in love with them! We have shot with this amazing group several times because they have two beautiful graduating daughters, Paige & Payton! This session was focused on their youngest daughter, Payton. 

Besides being obviously stunningly gorgeous, I mean THAT HAIR is to die for (am I right?!?), Payton has a heart of pure gold and a genuine heart. You just can't help but smile when you're around her! She radiates happiness and confidence. We loved her choice of a softer bohemian + earthy vibe for her session. She chose Norris Dam State Park and it fit her look so well! We had so much fun running in the fields, chasing the sunlight and fake-laughing until our sides hurt. 

Payton will be graduating from Halls High school this year. She is eager to finish the school year and continue her education at UTC where she will be bringing with her two best friends! We have truly loved watching Payton become the well-rounded person she is today. We know she will be successful in anything she tries to accomplish! We can't wait to see her succeed! 

HAIR | Desilee Cassidy // MUA | Chesni Ballinger

Ramirez Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

"In true love there are no obstacles."

 This wedding was all kinds of beautiful, genuine, and full of love; brought together to create an effortless, simple, and natural wedding day aesthetic. Held at Camp Kincaid, a family friend's campground, Sasha & Brant became Mr & Mrs Ramirez surrounded by the people who mean the most to them. The emotion and the overall closeness of all guests was just unreal.

The mother-son gift exchange was one we will never forget. Brant's mother started a journal for him before he was born and while he was a baby. She gifted this journal to him on his wedding day before the ceremony. The bride & groom's first look was also so emotionally raw and delicate. Held in a quaint and quiet spot in the woods, these two were not shy about their feelings for each other. We could not imagine a couple who deserve a happy, perfect life together more than Brant & Sasha and we know they have found that in each other. 

Madelyn by Kendall Whiteley

Since when did seniors start looking like THIS?! Perfectly stunning, with incredible style, gorgeous long locks AND a contagious smile! Madelyn had us screaming "work it girl!!!" because I mean, she was. working. it. I guess when you've been a dancer for 7 years, the poise and grace comes natural in front of the camera!

Madelyn is graduating from Halls High School and is over the moon excited to get started on her life! She brought along her parents and sweet boyfriend to her edgy + urban styled senior session. We absolutely adored exploring the Knoxville city with Madelyn and her fun family. Having her family and boyfriend, who happened to be named Tyler :P , with her for this special session made her true personality come to life and we loved getting to know her! She has such a spunk and vibrancy to her kind personality, we just know this girl is going places. Madelyn will be attending UT to seek further into the medical field, making her dreams of helping people a reality. We wish her all the best in all that she does! <3